30 years ago

14th October 2005 at 01:00
"Satan at large", declared The TES Scotland diary item (October 17, 1975) on a Scottish branch conference of the Association of Christian Teachers:

The Reverend Ian Cameron, Baptist minister at Girvan, argued that because the Scriptures said we cannot get in touch with the spirits of the dead, therefore the spirits people get in touch with must be Satanic counterfeits.

The young dabbled, he said, and their contacts were real. Their dabbling was on the increase. We should not laugh at it, nor deny it. We should respect the second greatest power in the universe. "If this is Satanic, then it is as bad as bad can be."One young primary teacher said she had been taught RE by Mr Cameron. She had not been interested in what he said about religion but he had succeeded in terrifying her against the occult.

She would never get caught up in spiritism.

The group on the occult seemed to be agreed that prayer would be efficacious in countering spiritism. The members of one spiritist church seance were reported to have requested that the Scripture Union prayers being offered at a meeting across the road be discontinued as they were preventing the spiritists from getting results.

The group also heard that 70 per cent of Scottish school children were dabbling in spiritism, frightening themselves with lexicon card messages, Ouija boards and moving glasses. One child was reported to have claimed that a spirit sat on her knee and sometimes went to bed with her.

A teacher spoke of the "qualified spiritualist" who, as a member of a school staff, started a coterie of junior spiritualists under the cover of environmental studies. When this was "got rid of", he went on to do similar studies in another school.

Another member of the group said in England one could do an O level in black magic.

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